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Eagle View Group Political Candidate Endorsement for the November 2018 Election

The Sierra Club has endorsed candidates for political office at the national and state level for many years. In this election, due to the destruction of enviornmental protections and desmantling of agencies, laws, and regulations designed to safeguard our air, water, land and the health and wellbeing of humans and all beings that inhabit our Earth, the need to participate in the election process has grown exponentially. 2018 marks the first time our EVG group has endorsed candidates at the local level, specifically for county board positions. As we are a bi-state Sierra Club group, we are endorsing candidates in both Illnois and Iowa from the national to the local level.

Each candidate was asked to fill out a questionnaire which covered the topics of climate change, clean energy, water quality and infrastructure, public transportation, multi-use trails, public land management, and environmental justice. Candidates were also asked to participate in an interview regarding these and other environmental issues with one or more members of the EVG Executive Committee (ExCom). Based on this input from the candidates, our ExCom voted on whether or not to endorse them. In IL, our vote on endorsement and information on the candidates was then submitted to the IL Sierra Club for their imput and vote on endorsement. In Iowa, the state Sierra Club chapter voted on endorsements initially, and EVG then accepted those endorsements.

Below is the list of Illinois candidates endorsed by the Eagle View Group and the IL Chapter of the Sierra Club:

Cheri Bustos – US Representative, 17th IL District
Gregg Johnson – IL Senate, IL District 36
Mike Halpin – IL House, District 72
Joan Padilla – IL House, District 71

Rock Island County Board:

Gary Freeman – District 2
Angie Normoyle – District 14
Edna Sowards – District 15
Lauren Boswell-Loftin – District 19
Dorothy Beck – District 21
Ken “Moose” Maranda – District 23
James Greenwood – District 25

Below is the list of Iowa candidates endorsed by the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club and Eagle View Group:

Iowa State Representatives:

Monica Kurth – District 89
Cindy Winkler – District 90
Jean Simpson – District 92
Phyllis Thede – District 93
Joan Marttila – District 94
Tim McClimon – District 97

Iowa State Senate:

Jim Lykam – District 95


Campaign Events and Candidate Meet & Greet

The Sierra Club Eagle View Group has endorsed several Illinois candidates for state and local office. They are listed below.
1. On Monday, Oct. 8, we are holding a Meet and Greet event for them from 5 – 7 pm at the Rock Island County Democratic Party Headquarters at 218 18th Street, Rock Island.

The Sierra Club is working to elect people to office at every level who are committed to working on important environment issues such as clean air and water standards, healthy soil, sustainable transportation, the care of public lands, environmental justice, and who accept the science of climate change.
Please stop by to meet them. The upcoming elections are so important,
and we want to do our part to promote good candidates and get out the
vote. Democracy depends on such actions, and democracy really needs
us now!
Your RSVP helps us plan:

Our endorsed state candidates:
Gregg Johnson – IL Senate 36th District
Joan Padilla – IL House 71st District
Mike Halpin – IL House 72nd District
Our endorsed Rock Island County Board Candidates:
Gary Freeman – Dsct. 2
Angie Normoyle – Dsct. 14
Edna Sowards – Dsct. 15
Lauren Boswell-Loftin -Dsct. 19
Dorothy Beck – Dsct 21
Ken "Moose" Maranda – Dsct 23
James Greenwood – Dsct 25

2. Campaign events:

Please join us at these action events to make calls or knock on doors!

Phone Banking for Gregg Johnson, October 4th, 5:30-7PM, 1180 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline, IL 61244
Canvassing for Joan Padilla, October 6th, 2PM, 920 15th Ave, East Moline, IL 61244,

Kathryn Allen and Olivia Dorothy
Political Committee Co-chairs
Sierra Club Eagle View Group